Southern Foodways Alliance

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The Southern Foodways Alliance documents, studies, and explores the diverse food cultures of the changing American South.

Based at the University of Mississippi’s Center for the Study of Southern Culture, we share oral histories, produce films and podcasts, publish great writing, sponsor scholarship, mentor students, and stage events that serve as progressive and inclusive catalysts for the greater South.

Donations from generous individuals, foundations, and companies fund our good work.


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109 Pieces

Gravy is the SFA’s collection of original stories—fresh, unexpected, and thought-provoking. Like all of the SFA’s work, Gravy shares stories of the changing American South through the foods we eat.


Caption: The reporter at age 12 with her mother, Mildred Amer, on the bimah of Temple B’Nai Israel. This photo was taken during the 1994 Natchez Jewish Homecoming, an event that celebrated the town’s Jewish history., Credit: Photo courtesy of Mildred Amer.
There has been a Jewish community in Natchez, Mississippi for 175 years—and Robin Amer’s family has been part of it for 160 of them. But now the nu...

Bought by WBHM

  • Added: May 21, 2015
  • Length: 35:01
  • Purchases: 1
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Once you’ve left home in search of a better life, what might make you return? During the Great Migration, six million African Americans left the So...

Bought by KVLU, WCAI / WNAN Cape & Islands, Mass., WBHM, and PRX Remix

  • Added: May 08, 2015
  • Length: 23:49
  • Purchases: 4
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Most of us know the Kentucky Derby from the front side of the track: the fancy Derby hats, the mint juleps, the thrill of the race. But there’s a w...

Bought by KVLU, WXDU, WBHM, and WABE

  • Added: Apr 23, 2015
  • Length: 24:10
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Christiane at North China Eatery on Buford Highway.
Christiane Lauterbach is a woman full of contradictions. A loner who is unfailingly gregarious. A self-described hermit who loves to ramble around ...

Bought by KVLU, WBHM, and WABE

  • Added: Apr 09, 2015
  • Length: 29:37
  • Purchases: 3
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Bourbon Street is a place some people love to hate, dismissing it as pure hedonism of the sleaziest kind. But what if Bourbon Street tells us somet...

Bought by WABE and WBHM

  • Added: Mar 26, 2015
  • Length: 26:13
  • Purchases: 2
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This is a story about one chef’s t-shirt collection. But it’s also a story about rock n’roll, Southern food, and the North Carolina bohemia that’s ...

Bought by WBHM

  • Added: Mar 12, 2015
  • Length: 24:06
  • Purchases: 1
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Derby Pie is a Kentucky staple. But the nut-and-chocolate-filled dessert has also been a source of controversy, one that has Kentuckians laying cla...

Bought by KVLU, West Virginia Public Broadcasting, WBHM, and WABE

  • Added: Feb 27, 2015
  • Length: 20:48
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Farmer and Veteran Mike Lewis, Credit: Photo courtesy of
There are more military veterans in the South than any other part of the United States. This region has also been losing farmers at an astonishing ...

Bought by WMMT, KVLU, WMMT, and WBHM

  • Added: Feb 12, 2015
  • Length: 23:33
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Toni Tipton Martin making hot rolls.
There’s a whole lot more than recipes in Toni Tipton Martin’s cookbook collection… It contains a surprising culinary history of African Americans i...

Bought by KVLU, WBHM, WABE, and PRX Remix

  • Added: Jan 29, 2015
  • Length: 22:28
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Nikiko Masumoto, who shares the story of what her family ate while in internment camps during WWII.
Many of the stories we hear and tell about food are positive—food’s power to nourish, to comfort, to bring people together. But it also has the pot...

Bought by KVLU, WBHM, and PRX Remix

  • Added: Jan 15, 2015
  • Length: 23:18
  • Purchases: 3